The Olathe Public Schools Foundation awards grants through three main programs: classroom grants, the Susan Spears Memorial Kindergarten Grant, and the Women's Giving Circle.
Classroom Grant Program
Classroom grants are awarded in four main categories:
Innovative classroom grant - up to $2,500
Hidden Glen Visual Arts grant - up to $2,000
Need-based grant - up to $1,000
Building/District-wide grant: up to $5,000 for projects impacting multiple classrooms, grades, or schools
The Foundation awarded more than $120,000 in grants in the 2017-18 school year.
The Foundation is now accepting grant applications for the 2018-19 school year. Certified educators may submit a grant application to the Foundation offices at the Mill Creek Campus. Applications are due in our offices by 4:00 p.m. on the cycle deadline date. Grants that request any hardware or software must include a Technology Approval form that has been reviewed by John Hutchinson.
2018-19 grant application deadlines - Cycle II: 11/15; Cycle III: 2/21
Grant applications will be considered in two steps. First, applications will be screened for compliance with our minimum eligibility standards. Applications that meet the minimum eligibility standards will be compared to other proposals using competitive standards in the following areas:
Innovation or Student Need
Susan Spears Memorial Kindergarten Grant
The Susan Spears Memorial Kindergarten Grant was established to honor Susan Spears, a career educator in the Olathe Public Schools District. She taught from 1986 to 1998, when she became an Instructional Resource Teacher (IRT). Susan was honored to be an IRT until her retirement in 2011. Up to $1,500 is available per year. Her final message to everyone, “I want you to go out and BEE Happy!”
2018-19 grant application deadlines - Cycle I: 9/20; Cycle II: 11/15; Cycle III: 2/21
Please return the application to Ann Addison, Instructional Resource Center.
Women's Giving Circle
The OPSF Women’s Giving Circle is a group of women who each donate $100 twice a year to form the pool of funds with which they fund grants twice a year. Their combined financial contributions create a pool of funds which they grant out to Olathe certified educators for projects impacting Olathe students. Applications are accepted spring and fall.
Click here to learn more about the Women's Giving Circle or contact the Foundation office at (913) 780-8222.